Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons
During the second half of 2013 the City of
Mesa installed a new type of pedestrian signal at four
locations. The new signal is called a pedestrian hybrid
beacon (PHB), but it is commonly referred to as a HAWK (High-intensity
Why They Are Needed
Sometimes regular traffic signals cannot be used because of
spacing requirements between signals or the amount of pedestrian
or side-street traffic is not high enough to justify a signal.
In these situations, a PHB will make crossing busy, wide streets
easier for pedestrians. A PHB is considered only after a
traffic engineering study is completed and the need is
Where They Have Been Placed
The new pedestrian hybrid beacons have been installed at the following
- Mesa Drive south of 10th Avenue
- Mesa Drive north of Hampton Avenue
- Sossaman Road south of Inverness Avenue
- Sossaman Road south of Juanita Avenue
How They Work
When not in use, the vehicle signal is
dark, and a solid DON’T WALK (raised hand) is displayed for
pedestrians at the crosswalk.
When a pedestrian pushes the button to
cross the street, the vehicle signal will flash yellow for several
Next it will display a solid yellow to
give motorists enough time to stop at the crosswalk.
After the solid yellow, the vehicle
signal will go to solid red and pedestrians will be given a
WALK (walking person symbol) signal.
After the WALK time expires, the
vehicle signal will flash red in an alternating pattern
while the pedestrians continue across the street with a
flashing DON’T WALK signal. When the vehicle signal is
flashing red, motorists may proceed after stopping if the
pedestrians have crossed their half of the street.
After enough time has passed for
pedestrians to complete their crossing, the vehicle signal
will go dark once again and the pedestrian signal will
revert to the solid raised hand symbol until the pedestrian
button is pressed again.
Printable brochure with more information
Educational video (Courtesy City of Tempe)
300 E. 6th St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
City of Mesa
PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211
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